National Human rights medal nominee to speak at Myall Creek

May 31, 2013

The annual Myall Creek Massacre Memorial commemoration ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 9, following the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Myall Creek at the Myall Creek Hall.

Last year, the event was held on the Sunday of the long weekend as a trial, and it was decided that arrangement would continue.

Mark Coulton, Member for Parkes, will speak briefly at the meeting about constitutional recognition in the next parliamentary term.

The Hon Paul Lynch, NSW Shadow Attorney General and Minister for Justice, and regular attendee of the commemoration, will speak on the need for an apology for the massacres, together with Roger Knox, indigenous songwriter and singer.

The guest speaker at the memorial commemoration this year is Grant Sarra.

Grant Sarra is an experienced Indigenous executive, change agent, trainer, workshop facilitator, project manager and report writer. Grant was nominated for the National Human Rights Medal in November 2000 in recognition for the development and delivery of Strategic Indigenous Awareness Program: Grant has an excellent track record for producing tangible results in the process of driving large scale cultural change and building organisational effectiveness, efficiency and capacity to deliver culturally appropriate, community sensitive and business-minded outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

The program commences with morning tea at 9.30am. The AGM follows at 9.45am, with a focus on concept plans for the new educational/cultural centre.

At 10.30am, the focus shifts from the hall to the memorial site, with participants either walking or driving from the hall to the car park where the next stage of the ceremony begins.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the walk or drive back down to the hall for lunch and brief contributions by invited guests will conclude the day.

Lunch is scheduled to begin at 12 noon.